Louis-Diamond clocks sole state auto standard

LIHU‘E — Kawehi Louis-Diamond of Kaua‘i High School pocketed the sole state auto standard Thursday as the Kaua‘i Interscholastic Federation hosted its Qualifying Meet No. 4 at Vidinha Stadium.

The Hawai‘i High School Athletic Association released its 2012 standards last week, and on Thursday KIF athletes ran their first meet under the new standards. The event was hand-timed because the operator of the computerized timing system was unavailable.

Louis-Diamond, constantly honing her skills in the 100-meter hurdles event, racked up a first finish at 15.6, besting the 16.4 auto standard despite being frustrated over problems with the starting gun.

Second place finisher Kawena Warren of Waimea, interrupting her high jump event, pocketed a consideration run with her second finish at 16.6, besting the consideration standard of 17.4. Holly Kai‘akapu filled in third place on a 17.7 run, just short of the consideration nod.

Louis-Diamond also topped the girls 300 -meter hurdles on a 51.3 run, besting the 52.0 consideration standard, and was on the Kaua‘i girls 4×100 relay team, which earned a consideration run of 53.9, besting the consideration standard of 54.2.

Warren, finishing the 300 -meter hurdles in second at 53.1, is less than a second off the consideration standard.

She returned to the girls high jump, executing a scissors-style leap after admitting she completely forgot how to jump, but finishing at 4-06 for a tie with Kaua‘i’s Kristle Henry who was disappointed with that mark after setting a goal for at least a leap of 4-08, still short of the consideration leap at 4-10.

Chelsie Domingo of Kaua‘i, running the first leg of the girls 4×100 relay for Kaua‘i, topped the girls 100 -meter dash on a 12.8 run, getting past the consideration standard of 13.0. She also topped the girls 200-meter dash on a 27.5 run, but came up .1 second off the consideration standard of 27.4.

The Kaua‘i girls continued to work the track, its three runners in the Girls 800-meter run all clocking consideration runs with its 1-2-3 finishes.

Heidi Herr, whose brother Josh is a distance runner for Kaua‘i, set the pace for the pack, holding the lead through most of the race.

But in the final 100 meters, the Schnakenberg sisters made their move, overtaking Herr to finish Ashley Schnackenberg at 2:35.4 followed by sister Krista at 2:35.7 and Herr at 2:37.3. All three places bested the consideration standard of 2:36.0.

A similar race took place in the girls 400 -meter run when Lani Rae Green came close to her goal of “breaking 65” in the event, Green making the move on Kapa‘a’s Cassie Wilson in the final 50 meters to clock in at 1:05.7 — just .1 second ahead of Wilson (1:05.8).

Joy Claypoole, the top runner in the girls KIF cross country program, rounded out the girls’ accomplishments at the meet, besting the consideration standard in the 3,000-meter run where she ran with school-mate Ryan Perez and stopped the clock on an 11:49.0 run, ahead of the consideration 11:25.8 and close to the auto 12:19.7 standard.

Perez, the top Island School cross country runner and multi-sport athlete, also earned a consideration standard with his 10:08.6 run in the 3,000-meter run, besting the boys’ standard of 10:11.5.

Joshua Cram of Kapa‘a earned a consideration standard by topping the boys high jump at 4-08 to equal the consideration standard.

Kaua‘i’s McKenna Estacio, struggling with the discus last week, came back to earn a consideration placement of the shot at 42-00.0, besting the consideration standard of 41-08.25.

Derek Fisher provided the audience with a thrill, coming from near the back of the boys 100-meter dash to top the event on an 11.4 run in the second heat, coming up just .2 second short of the 11.2 consideration standard.

He also finished second to Kapa‘a’s Michael Alonzo in the boys 200 -meter dash, Alonzo clocking 23.6 in his first finish but coming up at .2 second short of the consideration standard of 23.4.

The Kaua‘i boys 4×100-relay team also ran a nice race, but came up short on a 46.3 run, falling shy of the consideration standard of 46.0.

The KIF hosts its Qualifying Meet No. 5 beginning at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Vidinha Stadium.

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